I saw a quote the other day, see if this sounds about right.
“It is now common practice in most evangelical churches to offer the people, especially the young people, a maximum of entertainment and a minimum of serious instruction. It is scarcely possible in most places to get anyone to attend a meeting where the only attraction is God. One can only conclude that God’s professed children are bored with Him, for they must be wooed to meeting with a stick of striped candy in the form of religious movies, games and refreshments.”
Shaun King resigned earlier this month from Courageous Church in Atlanta. Internet Monk has all the details here. In short, he realized after loosing a lot of members in his attempt to build disciples that what his congregation really wanted was the Sunday morning show. This got me thinking about what most Christians are looking for in a church.
King had followed all the advice given to him about building a congregation when starting a church. He now says that he sold his soul for attendance and never quite felt like he was able to get it back. He began preaching sermons and taking steps to get Courageous Church away from it’s Sunday morning focus and make the shift toward small groups, building disciples, and engaging the community. He lost 85% of his membership. Continue reading